Latest posts by bookmonster


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:42

Kohlrabi seems to be what's germinating this year. Any tips? How pest resistant is it? And how quickly does it mature? How hardy? I'm planning to plant out the first lot this weekend or later in the week (In York, last frost date about now. 

Swiss Chard

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:37

:) Just get this year's lot sown! I must remember to pull up another plant or two here as they've started bolting. I grow fordhook giant chard, once made sag dal with 1.5 leaves...


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:35

I planted two types of onion sets last year, some red ones, and some white ones that can be eaten as spring onions as i'll need the space for my beans. The white ones are much fatter - can all onions be eaten as spring onions, and just some are marketed that way, or is it better to stick to the way they were sold? 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:34

when's your last frost, and have they been hardened off?

Pruning Winter Jasmine

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:19

We removed a big overgrown shrub to reveal this winter jasmine that has been grwing through it, which we'd like to keep. Any tips on pruning it to a more sensible shape? It's very spindly at the moment.

Advice on wildflower planting

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 07:12

we have a clay lawn that's often soggy - I mowed the turf short and planted bird's foot trefoil and clover plugs, both like that sort of environment.

Composting Cardboard

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 16:26

Ha, I like the weed suppression idea! I usually hoard cardboard due to not having much browns, but having just done the annual clearout I have a good pile now. They're mostly amazon boxes so I'll set aside some time to chop them up.

Composting Cardboard

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 15:23

How do you prepare cardboard for composting? We don't have a garden shredder, so just looking for ideas.

Late-summer apples?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:52

started harvesting howgate wonder today.

first apple harvest!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:46

I'm celebrating the beginning of our first harvest from our espalier howgate wonder apple. I know only unblemished apples can be stored - are these blemishes significant enough to warrant eating now and not storing? Thanks!

Discussions started by bookmonster

wool pellets

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Arg, slugs again

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white flecks

Windowsill Herbs 
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self watering herbs?

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slug pubs

how not to catch spiders 
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walking/tree onions

Well excited! 
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Friend or foe?

What are these caterpillars? 
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Are they nearly there? 
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any tips? 
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eating them green 
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Pruning Winter Jasmine

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Composting Cardboard

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first apple harvest!

Storage advice needed 
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you know what I'm going to say... 
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